April 11, 2003, VANCOUVER - The Humane Society of Canada is encouraging people to make kindness towards animals a part of their everyday lives. "Protecting animals and the earth is the only way to build and sustain a truly ‘humane’ society. And that makes all of us better people and the world a better place," according to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.


While some people argue that animals don’t think like humans, we do know that animals are living creatures who can suffer and feel pain. For those who aren’t particularly fond of animals or don’t believe that animals deserve our respect, there is another serious argument for being kind to animals.


"Studies show that a connection exists between cruelty to animals and violence against people," says Michael O’Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. "Murderers such as Paul Bernardo, Marc Lepine, Albert DeSalvo, Theodore Bundy, David Berkowitz and Jeffrey Dahmer were all cruel to animals before turning on people. The cycle of violence is continuous."

"Cruelty to animals is a cowardly, evil act which diminishes all of us. There is no question that pain and suffering are cruel facts of life. But the pain and the suffering we deliberately inflict, that is something we can prevent from ever taking place. A good first step toward achieving this vital goal involves parents and educators teaching children kindness, compassion and respect for all animals."

Simple Ways to Creating a More Humane Society

  • Start by performing a single act of kindness towards animals, and try to do so as often as you can
  • Teach children to be kind to and respectful of animals
  • Write your elected officials about passing tougher laws to protecting animals and remind them that the need to provide the necessary people and money to get the job done
  • Cruelty to animals is a crime against animals and society and we should ensure offenders are punished to the fullest extent of the laws
  • When possible, help animals in need
  • Take a course in first aid for pets
  • Support organizations that protect animals
  • Volunteer with organizations that help animals
  • Encourage teachers and school boards to teach humane education in the classrooms
  • Report cases of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect to the proper authorities
  • When possible, inform others about how they can help animals

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and small animals, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. We carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, use a multidisciplinary approach, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres, and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

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